ROYAL CALEDONIAN CURLING CLUB
MINUTES OF THE COMMITTEE MEETING
Held at the Newton Hotel, Nairn
On Sunday 21st February 2016
N Durno, M Fraser, A Maltman, M Pickthall, M Clark, A Fraser, S Howie, L Hardie, S MacIver, A Munro, M Mckenzie, H Clark.
Apologies were received from W Duncan, L Lock, M Pottie, A Campbell, R Stewart, A Cameron.
There was no correspondence.
- MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 1ST FEBRUARY 2015
The Minutes of the Meeting were approved, proposed by Alastair Maltman and seconded by Sandra MacIver.
- MATTERS ARISING
There was no further information as to the whereabouts of the Grant Cup.
- FINANCIAL UPDATE
The Treasurer updated the meeting on the current finances stating that they were on track with a balance of just over £4700; the accounts for the current year will be closed on the 31st of March. Appendix 1
- MATCH SECRETARIES’ REPORTS
Appendices 2 & 3.
- AREA 10 REPORT
There was no Area 10 Report.
- MORAY PROVINCE CURLING DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPORT
Sandra MacIver enlarged on the Development Group’s achievements and activities and asked for more curlers to give of their time and help with the coaching. In answer to a question, Alastair Maltman explained the background and rationale behind the targets set by the RCCC.
- AREA STANDING COMMITTEE REVIEW GROUP UPDATE
Neil Durno explained that the Areas Review Group, in agreement with the RCCC, had recommended some changes to the existing Areas. The effect of the changes proposed for Area 10 was to split it into two, namely Highland and Moray, with one representative from each to sit on the Areas Standing Committee.
- LEAGUE RULES DISCUSSION
With shrinking numbers, some of the smaller clubs in the Province frequently experience difficulties finding subs, a problem particularly acute within the lower divisions. As the rules stand, the shots penalty for playing a sub from a higher division is severe; calls have been made to address the problem. After discussion it was decided that a proposal to amend the rules to limit the penalty to one shot should be put to a vote at the AGM.
- CLUBS’ INVOLVEMENT IN PROVINCE BUSINESS
There is an on-going problem with clubs not supporting the activities of the Province which is proving difficult to resolve. The Province Committee should comprise of a representative from each club but despite the Executives’ best efforts the meetings are poorly attended. Part of the problem, it seems, is that club officials fail to distribute information to their members and despite the changes made to the Constitution at the last AGM which are designed to make it easier for clubs to send a representative to the two Committee Meeting held each year, only the usual few ever attend. Neil agreed to increase the use of Facebook and the Secretary undertook to post the Agenda for future meetings on the noticeboard at the ice rink in the hope of increasing circulation. Alastair suggested face to face contact with club members would be an effective way of encouraging attendance.
- RE-LOCATION OF PROVINCE WINNERS’ BOARDS AT MORAY LEISURE CENTRE
The present location of the winners’ boards in the MLC ice rink is unsatisfactory because they are beginning to deteriorate. Neil undertook to speak to the ice rink manager to try to resolve the problem with a view to having them re-located
- PURCHASE OF PROVINCE LAPEL BADGES
The existing stock of Province lapel badges has been depleted and needs to be replaced. It was agreed to purchase 250 new badges; Hamish Clark agreed to investigate a supplier.
It was suggested that the Match Secretary could email the league results to the Northern Scot at the same time as they are emailed to the Province website. It was felt that restricting the information for publication to the skips’ names, the scores and the result would be appropriate. The Secretary agreed to speak to Sue Pilkington to get advice on the most appropriate format.
It was suggested that the Virtual Club should be able to attend Committee Meetings; it was agreed that a proposal authorising their attendance should be put to the membership at the AGM.
In response to a question, it was confirmed that the Nicol Quaich would be played in Inverness on the 23rd of March.
- DATE OF NEXT EXECUTIVE/ COMMITTEE MEETING
The next Execs’ Meeting will be held on Sunday the 24th of April and the next Committee Meeting will be held on the 23rd of October in Elgin.
Neil thanked everyone for attending and there being no further business the meeting closed at 20.45.
M A Pickthall
Moray Province, Royal Caledonian Curling Club
Income & Expenditure Account for year ended 31st March 2016 (as at 18/02/2016)
Balance B/fwd £2,617.90 Engraving & Certificates £112.32
Province Levy £917.60 National Championships £200.00
Area 10 Levy £118.40 Area 10 Levy £118.40
Province Entries £1010.00 Boards –
Sale of Badges – Web Site Exp £16.96
Bonspiel Income – AGM Exp £125.00
Tour Income – Competition Ice –
Misc £80.00 Prizes –
Insurance Prem £156.26
Bonspiel Costs –
Pres Exp –
Match Sec Exp –
Tres Exp –
Badges Purchases –
Tour Exp –
Balance C/fwd £3985.66
Moray Province East Match Secretary’s Report.
Moray Province East’s season is coming to a close in some of the Divisions with Division 5 having 5 games left due to the numbers in this Division and everyone playing each other twice to be fair to all teams.
Division One have only one game to go with the League already being Won by A.Campbell (Buckie) being unable to be overtaken by G.Kennedy (Ballindalloch) who is in second place; he is also unable to be caught. The relegation battle is between K.Oswald (Elgin) and G.Nicol (Darnaway) who both play each other in the last game of the season. A.Duncan is already relegated.
Division Two have 2 games left to play with it all to play for between A.Cameron (Aberlour) 12 Pts, B.Jaffrey (Fochabers) 10Pts and D.McPherson (Elgin Tennis and Curling) 10Pts with A.Cameron still to play both teams only 2Pts behind him. H.Anstruther (Forres) and M.MacDonald (Forres) fighting it out at the bottom with D.Ross (Sunninghill) it is possible for any one of these 3 to go down.
Division Three have one game left to play with E Milne (Darnaway) 16Pts and winning the league. Any one of the 5 teams below mathematically can still go up in second or get relegated.
Division Four have a mixture of games left but C.Watt (Forres) is promoted to Division 3 for next season. With 3 other teams able to go up with him. J.Farquhar (Elgin) and A.Allardyce (Elgin) are both relegated to Division 5.
Division Five still have 5 games to go with M.Keen (MJCC) and L.Hardie (Forres) out on top both with 16Pts with M.Keen on top with a crazy 69 shots up to L.Hardie’s 4 shots up.
It’s great to see so many teams from the Moray Junior Curling Club in Division 5 this season and making great progress. I will send out draws for Division 5 to make sure it’s the correct draw that all teams have due to Ice Rink changing last dates.
Moray Province Open KO was played at Inverness Ice Rink and WON by D.Clark (Nairn) beating N.Durno (Fochabers) 5-2 in Inverness.
Mixed KO Final was played at Elgin Ice Rink between last year’s runners-up M.McInnes (Nairn) and A.Cameron (Aberlour) with A.Cameron coming out on top 9-2.
Ladies KO was played at Elgin Ice Rink between the same teams as last season’s final. F.Steel (Narin Ladies) and L.Marshall (Elgin); with L.Marshall missing, E.Yeats stepped in to Skip and won the game 11-2.
Moray Province Mixed pairs: Still require 1 team to fill a space and complete the draw; there are still 4 spaces available to fill on the night. The Competition will be played on Tuesday 15th March starting at 1830 at Elgin.
Moray Province Points is on Tuesday 8th March starting at 1900 at Elgin.
I hope everything is in order and if you have anything you want to know please ask.
Thank you and good curling for the rest of the season.
MORAY PROVINCE WEST REPORT
With only the final round of league fixtures remaining Ali Asher’s Nairn rink are one point ahead of Neil MacArthur’s team from Ardclach, who have been Division 1 Champions for the last three years. The relegation battle to see who will be joining Dean Clark’s rink in Division 2 next season is ongoing. The rinks skipped by Mike McInnes and James Greenwood which were relegated last season have guaranteed they will be back in the top division after the summer. The other teams will have to battle to avoid the drop although Alastair Bennie from Dalcross will definitely be going down. Jamie Cattell’s Nairn rink have only lost one game this season so are on course to be the Division 3 champions and will certainly be promoted. Ian Thomson’s rink from Dalcross will probably be joining them although it is still mathematically possible for Fiona Steel’s team of Nairn Ladies to overtake them into second place.
The Moray Province Open Knock-0ut final was played in Inverness recently and the winners were Dean Clark, Dionne Clark, Hamish Clark and Stewart Morrison who narrowly defeated Neil Durno’s rink from Fochabers.
A team of Nairn Ladies skipped by Janet Burns and including Kate McArdle, Ann MacLean and Mary Bunker managed an 8-ender in one of their recent league games. A great moment for them.
Brothers Blair and Ross Fraser along with Ruaridh and Callum Greenwood competed this week in the Scottish Men’s Championships. Blair, playing for Grant Hardie went all the way to the tie breakers before just missing out on reaching the knock-out stages.
Finally I would like to wish the two teams from Nairn, skipped by Ali Asher and Dean Clark all the best in the upcoming Rinks Championships in Forfar next month.
APPENDIX 4 MORAY PROVINCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP REPORT
This has been a very busy season for the MPCDG and it seems that each year the strength of the group goes up as more interest is generated.
The news being generated has also brought a number of Corporate events with various groups booking curling sessions with the MPCDG. The group has generated a number of reports to the Northern Scot who are very keen to receive material throughout the curling season from all areas. I would urge the Province to look for a curler who could take on this role and feed information and photographs to Craig Christie who will be only too happy to publish.
Sandra McIver was nominated for the Sports Moray Coach of the year and Callum Jacklin for the Special Awards, Callum being successful in picking up the trophy.
The Development group have been involved with the Junior Club since its conception and continues to be the main thrust of the group. This has enabled more juniors to join the Moray Province Divisions and Superleaque. It is now being realised that these kids are getting that wee bit stronger now and giving a good account of themselves.
They have now two Scottish Slam under 17 teams and one Scottish under 14 team and doing very well this season. Marran Nicol has played in the under 21’s and Amy McDonald continues to shine with her Scottish under 21 team, coached by David Aitken.
MPCDG also coach the Virtual Club and great things are happening with this group. With the increased numbers to their Club, they will now move to a Tuesday night to have more ice space! This will allow more juniors to move up to the top group making more available to play in the Province. Gordon Fraser has done a great job here and it through coaches and helpers like him that we continue to offer assistance. We currently have a number of Level 1 coaches and Andy Cameron has just completed his Level 2. My sincere thanks to all those who give of their time to help and coach Adults and Juniors alike and I am always asking for more to help.
Campbell Ross Convenor